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    San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received death threats and the dubious title of the most disliked player in the NFL this week.

    But there are plenty of people who like what Kaep's been doing, too: Not standing during the national anthem over issues of equity and police brutality.

    And now, the QB has an Oakland artist who's got his back.

    A muralist who signed the work "FLC" painted a striking image of Kaepernick on what appears to be the back of a garbage structure at 22nd Street and Telegraph Avenue. Across the athlete's face are the words "We Got Your Back." A mural of Ray Charles is on the other side of the wall, and the entire art piece is a block or two away from the Oakland Burmese Mission Baptist Church and a main thoroughfare in the downtown-to-Temescal district.

    The image caught the eye of Pendarvis Harshaw, 29, a journalist and senior communications associate at PolicyLink, who saw it on Thursday walking home from work. After tweeting out a picture of it, Harshaw garnered nearly 1,000 retweets in 15 hours.

    "The illustration speaks volumes," Harshaw said. "It's about the community rallying around the athlete." But he also noted how significant that is in Oakland, home to the rival football team, the Raiders. Oaklanders usually never tip their hats across the bay to the San Francisco 49ers.

    Kaerpernick has indeed divided the country over what constitutes patriotism and received scorn in less progressive parts of the United States. But the biracial football player is a hero to many in Oakland. Several high school students are now starting to grow out their hair in full Afros, which Kaepernick sported a couple of weeks ago. The city of Oakland is comprised of roughly 30 percent African Americans, compared to the rest of the Bay Area, which has just about 7 percent, Census data shows.

    Most recently, his coach, Chip Kelly, who is white, told reporters Thursday afternoon that he also believes his quarterback is standing up, or sitting down, for the right reasons.

    "He's shedding light on a situation that is heinous, it shouldn't happen in this country," Kelly said, regarding police shootings of black men. "You look at what's going on in Tulsa and Charlotte in the last two nights — it's an issue that's in the forefront of our country. It needs to be addressed. It needs to be taken care of because it's not right."



    Photo Credit: Pendarvis Harshaw
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    A muralist with the acronym FLC created a Colin Kaepernick mural at 22nd Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.A muralist with the acronym FLC created a Colin Kaepernick mural at 22nd Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland.

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    For three days, Kevin Bell was trapped inside the wreckage of a crash with the body of his dead girlfriend, according to police. 

    Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, officers responded to a crash on U.S. Route 50 near the Jennings-Ripley County line in southeast Indiana, according to Indiana State Police.

    There they found Bell, 39, of Dover, Pennsylvania, who had crawled up a 70 to 75-foot ravine from the crash site with injuries to his legs and a bag of belongings, including two 14-pound bowling balls, according to the York Daily Record. Officers also located a 1999 Ford Explorer off the road with the body of Nikki Reed, 37, of Seymour, Indiana, inside. 

    However, the facts of the crash and the days thereafter are not adding up for Reed's family because both Reed and Bell had cell phones on their person, according to LEX18.com. Bell reportedly texted a friend but did not call 911.

    The crash occurred on Saturday, investigators said, when Bell lost control of the SUV and ran off the road into an embankment, striking a tree head on. Reed died instantly in the crash, police said, and Bell's legs were so badly damaged that he wasn't able to leave the car, which was not visible from the road, until Tuesday. 

    Reed's family reported both her and Bell missing on Sunday when they hadn't heard from the two in more than a day, police said. Reed made a trip to Pennsylvania to pick Bell up and they were returning to Reed's home to celebrate her son's birthday when the crash occurred, according to WAVE

    Bell was taken with non-life threatening injuries to a hospital in North Vernon, Indiana. 

    The investigation into the crash is ongoing. 



    Photo Credit: Indiana State Police

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    In a plot twist that seemed to be straight from a movie, a man confessed in court on Thursday to a murder for which his identical twin brother had been convicted, according to the Chicago Tribune

    Karl Smith, 38, was on the witness stand at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago when he testified that he was the gunman in a 2003 shooting that left one man dead and another injured, the Tribune reports. 

    His brother Kevin Dugar was convicted in the shooting in 2005 and sentenced to 54 years in prison, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

    A gunman opened fire on three people near Sheridan Road and Argyle Street in the city's Uptown neighborhood in March 2003, according to the Tribune, killing Antwan Carter and wounding Ronnie Bolden.

    Bolden later identified Dugar in a photo lineup that did not include Smith, according to Dugar's petition for a post-conviction hearing, the Tribune reports. 

    Smith, who adopted his mother's maiden name, said Thursday that he didn't come forward because he thought his brother would be acquitted, according to the Tribune, and he even sat in on at least one day of Dugar's trial. 

    Smith is serving a 99-year prison sentence for a 2007 home invasion and armed robbery in which a 6-year-old boy was shot in the head, the Tribune reports, never confessing to the murder until he wrote his brother a letter in 2013. 

    Dugar responded by telling Smith to contact his lawyers, according to the Tribune. 

    Prosecutors questioned Smith's motivation for the confession, the Tribune reports, telling the judge that he only came forward after a court upheld his own conviction for attempted murder in the 2007 case. 

    It was unclear when the judge will decide if Dugar should be given a new trial.



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    Karl Smith (L) and Kevin Dugar (R). Smith confessed Thursday to a murder for which identical twin Dugar is serving a 54 year prison sentence.Karl Smith (L) and Kevin Dugar (R). Smith confessed Thursday to a murder for which identical twin Dugar is serving a 54 year prison sentence.

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    Footage obtained by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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    Miami police have arrested the man allegedly responsible for the theft of a naked statue of Donald Trump that stood over a section of the Wynwood neighborhood.

    Pedro Rodriguez, 36, has been charged with grand theft and burglary, police say.

    The Trump statue has not been recovered, authorities said.

    According to the police report, a witness told police he saw the suspect walking on the roof of the business; the suspect then removed the statue and dropped it into the back of a pickup truck with a Florida tag that was parked in front of the business. The witness was able to capture a picture of the truck while it was driving away. The witness added that the suspect was the driver of the truck.

    Authorities conducted a record check of the tag number, which identified Rodriguez as the truck's registered owner. The witness acknowledged that Rodriguez was the one he saw taking the statue.

    One of five statues created by a Cleveland man showing the GOP Presidential nominee with no clothes on had been at a display near Northwest 2nd Avenue and 23rd Street. It was moved there after appearing on top of a billboard just blocks away before police asked it to be moved over safety concerns.

    The statues began appearing last month in places such as Los Angeles, Seattle and New York City – which was the first location of the one that later appeared in South Florida.



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    Alejandro RodriguezAlejandro Rodriguez

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    Abortion rights advocates and opponents in Congress reached a rare bipartisan consensus at a Friday hearing: Both sides agreed on the effectiveness of a ban on federal abortion funding.

    Known as the Hyde Amendment, the 40-year-old law restricting federal funding for abortions has shown to be effective in curbing the number of abortions performed, both sides agreed. For anti-abortion Republicans, the policy’s functionality proves its success. But for abortion rights supporters, it’s a sign that women are simply being denied health care, NBC News reported.

    Rep. Trent Franks said the fact that abortion hasn’t become a major issue in this general election campaign is disappointing.

    “The American people deserve to know where the candidates stand, in the most important election this century and in the last century,” he said. Franks presided over the House judiciary subcommittee hearing Friday morning.



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    The US Capitol is shown in this file photo.The US Capitol is shown in this file photo.

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    It’s a good thing Instagram celebrity Doug the Pug lives in the United States.

    If he were from the United Kingdom, he might confront an unexpected stigma this week after the British Veterinary Association called for prospective dog owners to avoid flat-faced dog breeds.

    The warning targets canines of the brachycephalic variety, or dogs with little to no snout, like pugs, bulldogs, and shih tzus.

    According to The Guardian, Sean Wensley, president of the BVA, said “prospective dog owners need to consider that these dogs can suffer a range of health issues throughout their lives, from eye ulcers to painful spine abnormalities and severe breathing difficulties that can result in otherwise preventable surgery.”

    Many domestic canine lovers say the Brits are grossly overreacting.

    Richard Goldstein, chief medical officer at Manhattan’s Animal Medical Center, explained that nearly all thoroughbreds will come with baggage because of their specializations; if you’re looking for a problem-free dog, he recommended swinging by a shelter and picking out a medium-sized mutt.

    That said, Goldstein has his own brachycephalic pooch, an 8-year-old English toy spaniel he absolutely adores. 

    “Our role is not to try to eliminate certain breeds or tell people that they shouldn’t get them,” said the vet. “I definitely feel like there’s a place for them, and I don’t feel like we should be discouraging the appropriate owner from adopting one.”

    The American Kennel Club agrees with the message, writing that it "emphatically supports freedom of choice in selecting a pet." 

    "AKC actively promotes efforts to ensure that people are educated, understand the demands of responsible ownership and have access to healthy, well-bred dogs that are right for them," a spokesperson told NBC.

    They emphasized "that breeding programs should be undertaken responsibly for the purpose of preserving breed characteristics and producing healthy, well-socialized purebred puppies... Owners should be diligent in the care and overall well-being of their dog by keeping track of their exercise, health visits, vaccinations and other preventative measures that aid in their dog maintaining its best health."

    All breeds have their pros and cons, and flat-faced canines do come with flaws.

    Goldstein allowed that brachycephalic dogs are more prone to airway and back problems, and sometimes suffer from skin damage, like many breeds.

    According to Julie Legred, executive director at the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, "brachycephalic breeds have an increased risk of complications during anesthesia." But, she countered, by following protocols and using certified veterinary technicians, such surgical errors dramatically decrease.

    Because the dogs' faces are so close to the objects they sniff, their owners must be attentive, said Cynthia Cool, a pug breeder in Vacaville, California.. They’re also more sensitive to weather than other breeds. 

    “If you’re walking the dog, you need to exercise them when it’s cooler as opposed to too warm outside,” she advised. 

    In terms of life expectancy, Cool bragged that some of her pugs celebrated 16th birthdays. On average, the animals make it to 11 or 12, which is typical for a dog under 20 pounds. By contrast, Goldstein said that large dogs tend to have the shortest lives, with some considered geriatric at only 5 years old.

    John Little, president of the Bulldog Club of America, didn't seem convinced about his favorite pooch's deficiencies.  

    “The fact is that the bulldog is an exceptional breed,” he added. “It’s a tremendous pet, and it has all the characteristics we want in it.”

    Not all canine experts pushed back hard against the BVA's recommendations.

    The American Veterinary Medical Association said in a statement to NBC that flat-faced dogs and their associated physical attributes "that negatively affect the animal's welfare should not be bred, as those characteristics and related problems are likely to be passed on to their puppies." 

    But rescues are a different story, the group said. 

    "Existing dogs with these conditions should not be passed over for adoption as long as the potential owner is informed of the animal's potential health risks and is willing to provide an appropriate lifestyle and necessary veterinary care as issues arise."



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    A pug dog sits with its owner on the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014, in Birmingham, England. The Guardian reported that the British Veterinary Association is discouraging prospective pet owners from adopting flat-faced breeds.A pug dog sits with its owner on the Toy and Utility day of the Crufts dog show at the NEC on March 8, 2014, in Birmingham, England. The Guardian reported that the British Veterinary Association is discouraging prospective pet owners from adopting flat-faced breeds.

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    Key members of the New Jersey Assembly have begun researching whether or not to bring articles of impeachment against Gov. Chris Christie, NBC 4 New York has learned. 

    This follows early testimony in the George Washington Bridge scandal trial, which some Assembly members believe shows the Republican governor had more knowledge of the lane closures in Fort Lee during and after that week in 2013 then he has led the public to believe.   

    One committee chairman who did not want to be named said "clearly obstruction of justice" would be an obvious charge against the governor.   

    The legislator told NBC 4 New York the chances are probably 50-50 that the assembly would pursue impeachment.   

    A Christie spokesman offered a one-word response to the report: "Ridiculous."

    The decision on impeachment will be up to Democratic Speaker Vincent Prieto and if he gives the go-ahead, the Assembly Judiciary Committee would begin the process.   

    It takes a majority of the 80-member Assembly to vote articles of impeachment.

    If it passes the Democrat-controlled body, the trial would be in the Senate, where two-thirds of senators would be needed to convict. Although Democrats hold a majority in the Senate, they would need three Republican senators to join them if all Democrats vote to convict.

    Christie is nearing the end of his second term, with a new governor due to be sworn in 16 months from now. The one-time presidential candidate and key Donald Trump advisor is often mentioned as a possible attorney general in a Trump administration.

    Earlier this month, Christie acknowledged to MSNBC that the bridge scandal was likely a factor in Trump passing him over for vice president. 



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    A deadline is looming for Christie to make a decision on whether to approve proposed gender-equality legislationA deadline is looming for Christie to make a decision on whether to approve proposed gender-equality legislation

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    WARNING: This video contains graphic language. Viewer discretion advised. 

    Unsettling footage obtained exclusively by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. 

    The footage, taken by Scott's wife, does not clearly show the exact moment he was shot by police on Tuesday. Scott is seen on the ground moments after the shots were fired and surrounded by officers. 

    "He better not be f---ing dead, he better not be f---ing dead," Scott's wife Rakeyia Scott can be heard shouting at the police officers. "He better live, he better live!" 

    "He has no weapon — don't shoot him!" she is heard saying.

    Police say Scott had a handgun on him and posed "an imminent, deadly threat." The family says he was not armed and did not pose a threat to the officers.

    The killing of Scott, 43, sparked three nights of fiery protests and violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. Activists and the Scott family have pressed city officials to release bodycam or dashcam footage of the fatal encounter, which reignited debates about race and policing nationwide.


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    A wave of intense airstrikes has left nearly two million people in the Syrian city of Aleppo without water, UN officials said Saturday as activists said at least 25 more civilians had been killed.

    UN children's charity, UNICEF, said this week's renewed airstrikes — which further dashed hopes of reviving last week's cease-fire — had damaged a water pumping station which supplies about 250,000 people in rebel-held eastern parts and violence is preventing repair teams from reaching it.



    Photo Credit: Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets via AP

    In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, men stand in rubble after airstrikes hit eastern Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said helicopters dropped crude barrel bombs on the area.In this photo provided by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, men stand in rubble after airstrikes hit eastern Aleppo, Syria, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. The Syrian Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said helicopters dropped crude barrel bombs on the area.

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to meet with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in New York on Sunday, officials involved in planning the meetings told NBC News.

    Netanyahu, in town for the United Nations General Assembly, has had a tense relationship with President Barack Obama, and was accused of siding with Obama's opponent, Mitt Romney, in the 2012 presidential campaign. This time around, Netanyahu has appeared wary of appearing to take sides.

    But he has reason to press the candidates on issues critical to Israel in the final weeks of the campaign. His country has not been a major campaign subject, and neither Clinton nor Trump plan to visit Israel before Election Day.



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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on during a press conference at the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

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    A newly christened Snapchat debuted its first hardware product on Friday — Spectacles.

    Snap, Inc.'s $130 glasses will able to record 10-second videos from the wearer's vantage point, according to the Wall Street Journal. Spectacles' 115-degree camera lens closely mirrors people's line of sight. 

    "When I got the footage back and watched it, I could see my own memory, through my own eyes — it was unbelievable," co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel told the Journal. 

    The company says its wireless video camera, touted as one of the smallest in teh world, is capable of taking a day's worth of Snaps on a single charge. The camera is intergrated into sunglasses that will be available in three colors. 

    Spectacles will connect directly to a user's Snapchat account via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections to "transfer your Memories directly into the app in our brand new circular video format," Snap Inc. said.

    The glasses are expected to be available sometime this fall.



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    The mother of a teenage boy with autism says a couple who attacked her son after he took photographs of them wouldn't stop even when she told them about his disability.

    Beatriz Fox, of Newport Beach, said taking pictures of people with his iPad calms her 16-year-old son Christopher McVay.

    "It's not with bad intent," Fox said. "It's what he likes to do."

    On Saturday, McVay was sitting in the back seat of his mother's car, in front of their house on Balboa Boulevard, when he snapped photos of a man and woman walking by.

    The couple became upset, and the woman allegedly approached the car, opened the door and started pushing him, Newport Beach police said.

    "She's shoving him and she's pushing him, she's yelling and cursing him," said Christopher's sister Mila McVay. "I was yelling, 'What are you doing? Why are you pushing my brother?'"

    Fox ran out and tried to explain to the couple that her son has a disability, but she said that didn't stop them.

    "She was cursing me out, she was cursing my child out," she said. "My worst nightmare, ever."

    Police are now seeking the public's help in identifying the man and woman. The woman is described as Caucasian with long, dark hair, approximately 24 to 27 years old, 5 feet and 5 inches tall and weighs about 125 pounds. She was wearing an olive green jacket and cropped black leggings during the attack.

    The other alleged suspect, is described as a dark-haired Caucasian male with facial hair, approximately 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs between 200 and 220 pounds. He was last seen wearing a "Newport Beach Lifeguard" novelty t-shirt.

    The boy's family wants everyone to learn from this attack.

    "I've always known there's a possibility that people might not understand my brother's disability," Mila McVay said. "So, to finally see somebody actually going after him — it was really scary."

    "He's a child, he's a child with a disability," Fox said. "He wasn't hurting them -- they need to come forward. They need to turn themselves in and be responsible for what they did to another human being."



    Photo Credit: Newport Beach Police Department

    Newport Beach police is seeking the public's assistance to identify a man and woman who shoved an autistic boy taking pictures in front of a Newport Beach residence.(Published Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016)Newport Beach police is seeking the public's assistance to identify a man and woman who shoved an autistic boy taking pictures in front of a Newport Beach residence.(Published Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016)

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    Two Wilmington firefighters were killed and four injured when the first floor of a burning row home collapsed early Saturday morning.

    The fire broke out in a brick home along Lakeview Road in a development called Canby Park.

    Wilmington's Fire Chief Anthony Goode said the floors in the home were soft and brittle. When the floor caved, veteran firefighters Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes fell through to the basement and became trapped.

    The fallen firefighters both leave behind children and families, Goode said. Leach, 41, was with the department 14 years and Fickes, who was 51, spent the last 13 years as a Wilmington firefighter.

    Just last week, Leach left a Facebook post that seems to underscore his love of the job.

    "Please keep us in your prayers," Goode asked the community. "This is a very tragic day. We've lost two of our brothers. All of our family is hurting, significantly. The entire city is hurting significantly; I know I am."

    One firefighter was pronounced dead at the scene and a second died on the way to the hospital, the Associated Press reported.

    “The saddest thing was having to watch them carry that firefighter out with an American flag over them, and it almost broke my heart,” said neighbor Marion Veasey.

    Veasey, who lives right behind the home that caught fire, said she was awakened close to 3 a.m. by all the commotion and ran to the back window.

    “The flames were shooting out of the top of the house. It was everywhere. Everywhere. It was the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” Veasey said. 

    A family of six lives in the home, parents and four children, Veasey said and they all got out okay. A working smoke detector likely saved their lives, fire officials said.

    One of the two critically injured firefighters is a woman. Two others were treated for minor injuries and are being debriefed. Federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting in the fire investigation, which will be led by the state fire marshal's office.

    “The most horrible thing is a house can be replaced, but not these lives,” Veasey said.



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    Lt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry FickesLt. Christopher Leach and Senior Firefighter Jerry Fickes

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    A man was charged with attempted murder after six people were stabbed at a Pasadena house party early Saturday morning, police said.

    Police responded to a residence on the 3100 block of East California Boulevard around 3:10 a.m. after a fight broke out during a house party, according to Lt. Vasken Gourdikian of the Pasadena Police Department. About 100 to 150 people were in the home.

    When officers arrived, they found six victims with stab wounds. According to police, a fight broke out after someone bumped into the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Aaron Te, and the San Gabriel resident pulled out a knife and began stabbing people around him.

    Te was in front of the home when responding officers arrived and detained, Pasadena police said in a statement.

    Police recovered Te's knife, which he had before he came to the party, Gourdikian said.

    It was unclear if the man knew the victims or if he was an uninvited guest.

    The victms were transported to local hospitals. All of the victims were described by police as Asian men in their early 20's. As of Saturday morning, one victim was in serious condition, two of the victims were in critical condition, and three others had moderate to severe injuries, but were expected to recover, police said.

    Te was arrested for attempted murder and booked at the Pasadena City Jail," Pasadena police said in statement. It was not known if Te had an attorney.

    Anyone with information about the stabbing was asked to call 626-744-4620. 



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    A man stabbed six people at a party in Pasadena on Friday, Sept. 24, 2016, and police were investigating the incident Saturday morning.A man stabbed six people at a party in Pasadena on Friday, Sept. 24, 2016, and police were investigating the incident Saturday morning.

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    The San Francisco Civic Center and United Nations Plaza were evacuated Saturday due to an hours-long standoff with an armed man, police said.

    The man has a semi-automatic handgun that he has not fired, according to police spokesman Carlos Manfredi. However, the man has threatened to "use the gun on officers and on himself," Manfredi said.

    The man, who Manfredi said is a San Francisco resident in his 40s, called 911 after 12 p.m. and reported that he had a weapon and was standing in the center of the plaza. Police are "assuming" the gun is "loaded" and want the man "to surrender peacefully," Manfredi said.

    Police evacuated people in a two-block radius and secured the perimeter, Manfredi said, but initial attempts to talk to the man were not successful so officers "took a step back."

    Crisis hostage negotiators were then called in and the SWAT team is also on scene, according to Manfredi. Negotiators are seeking a "good dialogue" with the man so they can better understand "what's going on," he said.

    "As long as we have time to talk to this person, we have hope," Manfredi said. 

    Police believe the man may be suicidal because of some of the things he said, like wanting "to end his life" and "take out other people," Manfredi said.

    "We don't want that to happen," he said.

    The surrounding roads are blocked to traffic, and pedestrians and motorists are being asked to avoid the area.

    Police do not believe the standoff is terror-related, said Manfredi, who could not comment on whether the man is lucid or under the influence of any drugs.

    Check back for updates.



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    The scene of an hours-long standoff at the San Francisco Civic Center. (Sept. 24, 2016)The scene of an hours-long standoff at the San Francisco Civic Center. (Sept. 24, 2016)

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    The New York Times editorial board endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton Saturday, writing the endorsement is "rooted in respect for her intellect, experience, toughness and courage over a career of almost continuous public service."

    The Times touted Clinton's record as first lady, New York senator and secretary of state in their endorsement, claiming she has shown the ability to work with politicians from opposing parties to enact her policy agenda.

    "When Mrs. Clinton was sworn in as a senator from New York in 2001, Republican leaders warned their caucus not to do anything that might make her look good," the editorial says. "Yet as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she earned the respect of Republicans like Senator John McCain with her determination to master intricate military matters."

    The editorial also praised her foreign policy record as secretary of state, but does mention her missteps in that role.

    "As secretary of state, Mrs. Clinton was charged with repairing American credibility after eight years of the Bush administration’s unilateralism," the editorial board wrote. "She bears a share of the responsibility for the Obama administration’s foreign-policy failings, notably in Libya. But her achievements are substantial."

    Clinton's ability to bounce back from her failings, however, is another one of her strengths as a politician and presidential candidate, according to the endorsement.

    "She is one of the most tenacious politicians of her generation, whose willingness to study and correct course is rare in an age of unyielding partisanship. As first lady, she rebounded from professional setbacks and personal trials with astounding resilience," the editorial board wrote.

    The endorsement only made passing reference to Republican nominee Donald Trump, who "discloses nothing concrete about himself or his plans while promising the moon and offering the stars on layaway," according to the Times.

    The editorial board added it will publish another editorial to explain why Trump is the "worst nominee put forward by a major party in modern American history."



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    PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 30:  Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign rally with democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are continuing their three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)PITTSBURGH, PA - JULY 30: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during a campaign rally with democratic vice presidential nominee U.S. Sen Tim Kaine (D-VA) at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on July 30, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine are continuing their three-day bus tour through Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    The man famous for getting in Hillary Clinton’s face during the campaign that launched her political career has some debate advice for Donald Trump.

    Stay at his lectern.

    Rick Lazio should know. The former Republican congressman didn't — and paid the price for a performance that has become a textbook example of what not to do when your opponent is a woman.

    Lazio, today a partner with the Jones Walker law firm, ran against Clinton in 2000 for the U.S. Senate. At their first debate in Buffalo, New York, he crossed the stage to Clinton's lectern, pointing his finger as he urged her to sign a pledge about limiting the funding of their race. He was seen as hectoring, his campaign faltered and she went on to win.

    Lazio's misstep is being recalled as Clinton and Donald Trump prepare for their debate on Monday, pitting the first woman to run as a major party presidential candidate versus the former reality TV star who has made browbeating opponents a key to his success. "Little Marco," "Lyin' Ted" and "Low-energy Jeb" have given way to "Crooked Hillary," but will he fling insults at her when they meet at New York's Hofstra University? Will Clinton goad him to try to show he is not suited for the presidency?

    Trump said that he would curb his disparaging tone at the debate, to be moderated by NBC News' Lester Holt. The 90-minute debate will be televised by NBC and streamed on this site at 9 p.m. ET Monday. 

    "I'm going to be very respectful of her," he told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I think she deserves that and I'm going to be nice. And if she's respectful of me, that'll be nice."

    That hasn't stopped him from mocking her on Twitter.

    "Hillary is taking the day off again, she needs the rest," he tweeted Tuesday about her bout with pneumonia. "Sleep well Hillary — see you at the debate!"

    For Clinton's part, she zeroed in on Trump's derisive comments when she spoke on Steve Harvey's radio show.

    "I am going to do my very best to communicate as clearly and fearlessly as I can in the face of the insults and the attacks and the bullying and bigotry that we have seen coming from my opponent," Clinton said. "I can take it, Steve. I can take that kind of stuff. I have been at this, and I understand it is a contact sport."

    Lazio, who said that neither Trump nor Clinton had earned his support, has several suggestions for Trump: Present a positive vision, be aware of non-verbal communication and don't go for the knock-out punch, but rather, amplify Clinton's negatives. Demonstrate enough knowledge of policy details to establish his credibility as president without trying to duel with someone who has been in and around Washington for nearly 25 years. And with nearly two-thirds of the public feeling that the country is on the wrong track, distinguish himself as the change agent and Clinton as more of the failed and uninspiring status quo.

    "Have your team prepared and on high alert afterward to drive your debate message," he wrote. “There are two debates — as I well discovered — the actual event and what gets covered by the media and watched by the public afterward.

    "And finally....stay at the podium!"



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    Republican Donald Trump (L) and Democrat Hillary Clinton.Republican Donald Trump (L) and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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    London police say they are investigating the reported hacking of the iCloud account of Pippa Middleton, younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and the alleged theft of her photographs, NBC News reported.

    The Sun newspaper said it had been contacted by someone using a pseudonym seeking to sell the images for $70,000.

    The seller sent sample photos that included Middleton's wedding dress, photos of sister Kate with her children, Princess Charlotte and Prince George, and naked images of her fiancé, James Matthews.

    A spokesman for London's Metropolitan Police said it would not confirm the names of any victims of crime but that it had received reports of an iCloud hack and that "specialist officers are now investigating."

    A spokesman for Kensington Palace, the official residents of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, said it did not speak on behalf of Pippa and would not comment.



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    In this file photo, Pippa Middleton attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England.In this file photo, Pippa Middleton attends the British Heart Foundation: Roll Out The Red Ball at The Savoy Hotel on February 11, 2016 in London, England.

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    Celebrities, politicians and civil rights leaders joined thousands on the National Mall this weekend for a three-day festival event to celebrate the newest Smithsonian Museum — the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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